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4.1
431 Reviews (431)
5 Stars
162
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
16
1 Stars
14
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
86.4%
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385 out of 431 reviews
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4.0
47 Reviews (47)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
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2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
83.0%
Recommend this course
39 out of 47 reviews
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4.0
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
84.2%
Recommend this course
48 out of 57 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6680 yards
Slope 131
Rating 73.2

Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane is situated in the quiet town of Woodbridge, just 20 minutes from New Haven. Formerly known as Oak Lane County Club, the course was both renamed and renovated when it was acquired by the management team at The Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford. Many of the holes were updated but the golf course retained its challenging but playable nature. Though the course is player friendly enough to appeal to players of all skill levels, there are still several challenges in store. Numerous strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greens and towering trees also frame most of the holes. The holes are mostly straightforward with a few tricky doglegs to keep you on your toes. You'll also be confronted with the occasional water hole. Both your accuracy and short-game skills will be tested at Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane.

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Course Details

Year Built 1961
Golf Season April - October
Architect Geoffrey Cornish (1961)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Connecticut (2018 #14)

Reviews

4.1
431 Reviews (431)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Watching the Game 9
Dinner 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 34
Undulating Greens 27
Water Hazards 24
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 32
Locals 29
Entertaining Clients 16
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 28
Worth the Drive 25
Convenient to the City 21

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Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Friday at Tradition Golf

Gorgeous fall afternoon, perfect weather. Pace of play was slow as thee course was packed. Rangers did a good job trying to move a long a slow slow group in front of us. Course was in pretty good shape, greens were soft and inconsistent made putting difficult. Looks like the cups hadn't be moved in a few days (covid?) the lips were in really bad shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

One of the best courses in CT

Very well laid out course, challenging and fast greens. Course is well maintained and the staff are really friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice layout

Super fast greens and balls didn't hold at all...
Decent conditions and beautiful weather.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

BAD MANAGEMENT

My friend booked the two of us through GolfNow about a week in advance for a 9/9 tee time. Having played there before, he knew that unlike any other course he or I know of in the area, Oak Lane was requiring two golfers per cart (you couldn't have a cart to yourself, even for an additional upcharge), even if you had any type of medical condition that might make you a higher risk for COVID-19. When I got there, I put my golf bag on the cart my friend's bag was on (no dividers of any kind in that cart or any other carts I saw). Meanwhile, at least one of the other two golfers we were scheduled to play with (who had also booked through GolfNow), were not aware of the cart policy and upon being informed of it offered to pay an additional fee for a single rider cart but was denied. He had come up from NY to play at Oak Lane but after a few more unsatisfying words with the staff, including the manager, left without playing (they said it was stated on the GolfNow confirmation but can't believe they (or GolfNow) think anyone looks at the actual confirmation other than to possibly verify date and time, much less read the "small print"). My friend and I ended up playing that day as a threesome, with the remaining golfer from the other twosome, and had to start off on the 10th hole and were told that it was cart paths only on holes 3 through 9. After we made the turn and were playing the front nine, we saw that most of the front nine was cart paths only because they had punched the fairways. We did a little waiting to hit but still made it around in a decent time, so pace of play was fine (no ranger or effort to monitor pace that I saw, but didn't seem overly crowded). After the round, my friend booked a round for the two of us for a week later, on 9/16,. Now 5 days after booking the round and two days before the scheduled tee time, GolfNow called and, presumably at the instruction of Oak Lane, said they needed to cancel the tee time and refund the fee. Apparently questioning the course's policies on usage of carts and its compliance with State of Connecticut requirements for golf courses is enough to get you banned from the course. JUST A WARNING: IF YOU PLAY HERE MAKE SURE OF COURSE CONDITIONS (NO AERATIONS OF GREENS OR FAIRWAYS, ETC.) AND DON'T QUESTION ANY OF THEIR POLICIES

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great day 8/27

Played with three other singles who had to travel along way to play Oak Lane. The staff was as helpful as usual and the course was great! Greens are fast and firm which made one of the guys angry, he couldn’t putt and blamed the course lol, even said he couldn’t wait to kill them in a review. I really enjoyed the course and plan to play again soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not what I expected

Played this course maybe a month ago and except for the abundance of wasps/hornets in many of the bunkers, enjoyed my round. I can’t say the same for the course conditions today. Some of the tee boxes were “rough” with dry patches and sloppily kept. The bunkers, especially on the front 9 were full of pebbles and lacked sand. My foursome used pitching wedges rather than sand wedges to get out of the sand. The worst part was the conditions on the areas surrounding the greens which were poorly maintained and extremely inconsistent.We were all bewildered by the overall conditions as opposed to the last time we had played the course. Mind you, we were 4 singles who just met today and all left disappointed on the upkeep. We finished in 4 hours which I appreciated as I had traveled over an hour each way to play. I will not be returning to The Tradition anytime soon.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not great for the price

This course looked really worn down. Lots of tee boxes were beat up and missing grass. Greens had a ton of ball marks and divots in them. Fairways looked good for the most part. This course has a decent layout with a lot of holes needing you to play less than driver. Bunkers looked better than they have in the past. Overall I think the cost to play here is a little too high for the conditions it’s in. I’ve played other courses in the area at the same rate that are in much better condition.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful day, rough pace

The course is in very good condition, there are some sketchy spots around the greens however the greens themselves and fairways are beautiful. They do a great job of alternating tee boxes and make the course challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Very nice course, former private, very professional

From the moment you arrive you know this is a well run course. Much better than their ‘sister’ course in Wallingford. Decent fairways and challenging greens.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Oak Lane

lost several balls due to storm debris within the rough. It was a very bad storm but still was a bit annoying trying to dig thru leaves and branches to locate them only to drop a ball to keep pace of play

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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